Drug DUI

Drug DUIs along with alcohol DUIs can happen in Branford and throughout the state of Connecticut. The law does not distinguish between driving the influence of legal or illegal drugs - both actions will result in a drug DUI charge. If you find yourself in this position, learn more about defending yourself on this page.


When it comes to alcohol DUIs in Branford and throughout Connecticut, there is clear testing to determine if someone is driving under the influence. However, dissimilar to alcohol, which has the blood alcohol content (BAC) test, and a definite limit therethrough, Branford drug DUI is harder to discern. It does not have a clear-cut delineation for impaired or unimpaired in Branford and throughout the state of Connecticut. Learn more about Branford drug DUI charges here.

Branford Drug DUI Recognition

Currently, the method used by law enforcement to discern if a person is under the influence of drugs is called Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and allows the evaluation to be used as evidence in a court or DMV hearing. This must be done by someone who has gone through the training and thus, qualifies as a drug recognition expert. It is important to note that the legality of the drug does not matter, as Connecticut law does not distinguish between illegal and legal drugs. It merely concerns itself with the intoxicant nature of certain substances. If you are facing a Branford drug DUI, read on for more information.

This area of law is drastically changing and ever-evolving at this time. This is due to the change in certain drug laws as it relates to possession, such as the laws for marijuana possession and use. However, it is still just as illegal as ever to drive while impaired, whether the drug is legal or illegal. However, the system for catching drug DUI has been forced to increase in use and effectiveness. Despite this, Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training stated that officers will no longer be able to use the smell of marijuana in a vehicle as probable cause to make a stop and search of a vehicle.

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The 12 step process deployed by Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) to determine drug impairment is to first take a breath test sample, followed by then interviewing the arresting officer. At that point, the officer will conduct a preliminary examination and pulse check, including an eye examination, a divided attention psychophysical test, then check vital signs and a second pulse check, then examine the pupils, examine the muscle tone, check for injection marks, and take a third pulse check. Finally, the officer will get a statement from the suspect, then request a toxicological examination for blood, fluid, or urine, and conclude with a determination of impairment.

Protecting Your Rights

Once arrested for DUI, there are many potential penalties, including jail time, probation, fines, ignition interlock requirements, and license suspension. These penalties are applicable whether you face an alcohol DUI or a drug DUI. These penalties can have a profound impact on one’s life, and as such, should be treated seriously. To speak with a Branford drug DUI defense lawyer today, contact Lady DUI.

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